Excerpt from The Third Book of Stories for the Story-Teller
Few to-day deny the importance of the fairy story in education. The little girl who said, I want to go to the place where the shadows are real, voiced a genuine need.
As George Goschen says, in his address on The Cultivation of the Imagination I like even little children to have some larger food than images of their own little lives, and I confess I am sorry for the chil dren whose imaginations are not stimulated by beautiful fairy tales which carry them to worlds different from those in which their future will be passed. I hold that what removes them more or less from their daily life is better than what reminds them of it at every step. One great value of the story world to the child is that, if poor, he may have the wealth of Aladdin or Fortunatus; if sad, he may be gay with snow-white and rose-red; if inarticulate, he may find him self speaking with the silver tongue of Ulys ses. These transient experiences of other moods in other lives are of incalculable bene fit to him, and he returns to his own every day path rested and cheered, with a higher heart for his own endeavor.
Mr. Richard Thomas Wyche has said truly that psychologists are telling us that to educate a child to aspire and make effort towards excellence, is as practicable as to do or to make something. It calls for more delicate but not different treatment.
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